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North and South
4.13
it was amazing
Fabulous book. This book came highly recommended, and I was told if I like Jane Austen I'd like this book. In some ways it was actually more satisfyin ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2008
 
Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series, #1)
4.30
it was ok
I'm going to review the whole Shadow Series as a whole instead of rating each book individually. I had a difficult time enjoying this series. It was p ...more
not set
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.33
liked it
This really gets 3.5 stars, I feel like a curmudgeon only giving it 3, but I just couldn't go up to 4. I enjoyed it, although it didn't become grippin ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
3.72
it was ok
Am I the only one that found this book disappointing? This book traces the owners of a Vermeer painting backwards through time. The result is quite ch ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2008
 
Papa Married a Mormon
4.16
really liked it
I devoured the Great Brain books while growing up; I think I probably read the whole series at least 4 times. So, finding this semiautobiographical ac ...more
not set
Sep 08, 2013
 
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
4.14
it was ok
I thought this would be perfect book for me: traveling the world with kids in tow. Well...I got glimpses of the world, but the kind you'd read in a tr ...more
Jun 25, 2017
Jun 26, 2017
 
Mormon Mother: An Autobiography by Annie Clark Tanner
3.94
really liked it
An eye-opening view of a woman who was raised in a polygamous family, and then chose to become the second wife in a polygamous relationship. Obviously ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2008
 
Pathfinder (Pathfinder, #1)
3.98
did not like it
I listened to this as an audiobook, and I doubt I would've made it through otherwise. It is an interesting premise, but the characters spend so much t ...more
not set
Sep 08, 2013
 
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
4.11
it was amazing
I re-read this for book club, and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. I'm putting it on the list to read to my 7 and 10-year-old, because ...more
Jun 27, 2017
Jun 28, 2017
 
Flight of Dreams
3.84
liked it
Lawhon has created a very intricate possibility of how the Hindenberg crashed; she's definitely done her homework and has kept things within the realm ...more
Jul 16, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
 
Blackout (All Clear, #1)
3.83
really liked it
This was a great book. It's been a long time since I've stayed up late (early) finishing a book, but this one had me gripped. Willis has this way of w ...more
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 29, 2016
 
Sarah's Key
4.14
it was ok
I enjoy reading about WWII, and this at least was an event I hadn't heard about. True, one can expect anything about the holocaust to be disturbing, b ...more
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945
4.08
liked it
3.5 stars for this book.

Pros: Sea of Thunder was well-researched and generally well-written, going in-depth into the personalities and careers of fou
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Jan 10, 2018
Jan 11, 2018
 
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
3.99
really liked it
Three and a half stars for this book. I enjoyed the concept and the idea, and I do enjoy reading about WWII. It had never occurred to me that a person ...more
Jun 17, 2017
Jun 18, 2017
 
Homegoing
4.41
liked it
Three and a half stars for this, actually. The scope of this book was broad—a (very) multigenerational tale of two half-sisters and their descendants. ...more
Jan 02, 2018
Jan 11, 2018
 
The One-in-a-Million Boy
4.12
really liked it
I'd actually rate this at a 3.5 star book; usually I round down, but I feel the need to round up because I like the author's writing style. It took me ...more
Jul 11, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
 
Cold Sassy Tree
4.00
it was ok
Perhaps my expectations were set too high, as I know a lot of people who love this book, but this book was a chore to finish. I was uninterested and b ...more
May 26, 2016
May 27, 2016
 
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.43
it was amazing
I rarely give a book a five-star rating, but this one deserves it. It is a clearly written, interwoven account from six individuals who eventually def ...more
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
 
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
4.31
really liked it
I enjoyed this book, and enjoyed the feisty voice of Malala. I didn't realize there were two versions of the book, and this happened to be the one I p ...more
Jan 26, 2017
Feb 14, 2017
 
When Breath Becomes Air
4.33
liked it
Okay, so I feel like a heel giving this book a mediocre rating. It was a fairly easy read, short, engaging; I knew the subject matter, so I knew it wa ...more
Jun 12, 2017
Jun 13, 2017
 
The Shadowy Horses
3.92
liked it
This book really deserves 3.5 stars. I have recently discovered Susanna Kearsley, and find her writing style to be enjoyable. That being said, her nov ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
 
Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3)
4.24
it was amazing
The wrap-up to this trilogy was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the gradual understanding and revelation of the why the djinn has developed the person ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2008
 
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
4.07
it was ok
I had a really hard time getting into this book, I think because for the first 150 pages it felt like a gimmick. It starts out with a captured agent w ...more
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015
 
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
4.31
liked it
This was a fun read (well, audiobook in my case), although many aspects of the plot were fairly generic. It made me realize how much of a geek I am li ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2013
 
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
4.27
it was ok
Two stars because this book made me mad. It was well-written, very believable characters, and engaging; nevertheless, I still hated it. Why? Because I ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)
4.18
really liked it
I really like this book. The author has created a nice little world with interesting and believable characters, a believable romance that's not too ov ...more
not set
May 16, 2009
 
Angel on the Square (Angel on the Square, #1)
3.89
really liked it
I was looking for a historical fiction to read to my kids before our visit to St. Petersburg, and this book was perfect. I read it with my 10 & 7 ...more
Feb 2017
Jun 29, 2017
 
The Impossible Journey (Angel on the Square, #2)
3.95
liked it
My kids (10 & 7) enjoyed Angel on the Square enough that we are reading this book together. It's not quite as interesting to them, partially becau ...more
May 2017
Jun 29, 2017
 
What Alice Forgot
4.06
really liked it
This is not my normal book type, but I found it quite engaging. The basic plot line is that after a head injury, Alice wakes up with the thoughts, mem ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery, #1)
3.67
it was ok
I had hoped that I would like this book. Generally I'm a sucker for anything WWII, so I was interested to read behind the scenes with Churchill. I was ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
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